Adolescents with early onset eating disorders are often unstable

posted 11 Sep 2012, 14:56 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
In a paper published in the September 2012 Archives of Disease in Childhood Dr Lee Hudson and colleagues report on the physical instability and growth in children and young people with early onset eating disorders. From 208 cases of eating disorders in children under the age of 13 years identified via the BPSU and CAPSS survey 2005-6 they found 35% were medically unstable and that 41% of these cases were not underweight. Just over half the children needed admission and almost three quarters of these were admitted to paediatric medical units. They conclude that paediatricians have a central role in both the management and recognition of early onset eating disorders.